ERIC Number: ED239792
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Teacher-Student Role in Instructional Telecommunications.
Teacher-student classroom relationships and behaviors at the University of Alaska's Fairbanks campus are compared with instruction by audioconference and computer conference, with attention to instruction of Native Alaskan students. Classroom behaviors of Natives and non-Natives are contrasted, particularly with regard to participation and signs of paying attention. Instructors' and students' difficulties with audioconferencing are noted: elimination of all but audio cues, need to shut out environmental stimuli, problems in obtaining feedback, and lack of the human, personal touch. Problems with computer conferencing, such as lack of institutional mechanisms for delivering courses in that medium and the large volume of discussion and comments input by instructors and students, are also described. Advantages of the use of instructional telecommunications are briefly discussed, including the fact that the large number of participants can encourage a loose structure in which students can respond to and learn from each other more than would be possible in a lecture hall, and instructors can monitor what occurs without attempting to control it. The paper notes that this mode of teaching requires a radical reconstruction of the teacher-student relationship, in which the teacher is viewed not just as the source of knowledge, but as a facilitator in the exchange of ideas and information. (MH)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Communications Satellites, Computer Assisted Instruction, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Feedback, Higher Education, Rural Education, Student Behavior, Student Role, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Role, Teleconferencing
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Electronic Mail; University of Alaska Fairbanks
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association (Los Angeles, CA, December, 1981).